Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Calling All P.E. Pros

So, I need a little help. . . .
At my little school we each teach our own Gym classes. 

At this point in the year, I've had about enough of Tag (we've played just about every version imaginable), Duck, Duck Goose, and Red Light, Green Light. 

I  am looking for a little inspiration. 

Anyone have any fun ideas, or know any quick and easy games? 

Thanks for your help!!! 

I also came across this on Pintrest, and love it :) 

Happy Wednesday! 


  1. Have you played Octopus or Paper, Scissors, Rock tag?

    Octopus: on a court or the field have a couple of kids in the middle. Everyone else lines up at one end. The kids in the middle are the taggers and call different categories. Kids who fit the categories have to run and get past them without being tagged e.g. if you are wearing red, if you are a girl, if you have a brother etc etc.
    If they yell Octopus everyone has to go. (I often yell octopus from the sidelines to get the game moving if the kids in the middle take too long to think of things.
    If a kid gets tagged on their way through they become seaweed and are rooted to the spot they got tagged but can tag runners by reaching their arms out.

    Paper Scissor Rock tag- you need a set boundary e.g. a basketball court.
    Everybody is a tagger
    Everybody goes for everyone else at the same time.
    If you tag someone and they don't tag you at the same time then they have to crouch down on the spot.
    If two people tag each other at the same time then they do paper, scissors, rock to see who crouches down and who keeps going.
    Once a kid has crouched down they have to keep an eye on the person who tagged them because as soon as someone gets them and they crouch down then everyone that they previously tagged gets to get back up.

    e.g. johnny tags kate, kate crouches down. Johnny and adam tag each other at the same time. Johnny wins paper scissor rock so Adam crouches down. Then oliver tags johnny- now Johnny has to crouch down which means Adam and Kate get to get up and become taggers again.

    Johnny now has to keep his eye on Oliver because as Oliver crouches down Johnny gets to get up again.

    Does that make sense- it's a really good one because everyone is so involved the whole time. If there are every any disputes over who tagged who first they just do paper scissors rock :)

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. Perfect Serena!!! Thanks so much for the ideas, the kids will love these games!

  2. My kids love to play Ship to Shore. The caller stands in the middle of the field/gym space and calls instructions for the group to follow. Calls of port, starboard, bow and stern involve running to different sides of the room, and instructions like climb the rigging (run in place and 'climb' in the air), scrub the deck (drop and pretend to scrub the floor), man overboard (find a partner, sit with feet together and 'row' to the rescue) are included too. My kids' faves are captain's coming (salute and shout 'aye, aye captain!) and captain's girlfriend (hands on hips, give a wiggle while whistling 'woo-wooo'). The more familiar the kids get with the actions and calls, the faster you can shout them out - really gets them moving and they work up quite a sweat. It's heaps of fun! Google it for some more examples of actions and instructions to include. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

  3. Do you have any P.E. supplies like jumpropes, rubber balls, scooters, etc.? Many years ago, I also had to teach my own physical education class as well. I tried to spend 1 - 2 weeks on a particular skill. We learned how to jumprope a variety of ways, ride scooters and have relay races with them, bounce & pass rubber balls & play foursquare & kickball, use small bean bags to juggle, use beachballs to practice volleyball skills, use basketballs to practice dribbling and shooting,etc. I always started the class with some warm-up exercises and ended with a cool down.
    I'm sure you can find lots of ideas on-line. Some teachers I know do Zumba with their kids on Fridays (Fun Friday).
    Connie Anderson:)

  4. One of my favorite gym games they play at my school is fun and team-building. It's called Survivor (some call it Lava Land). Basically, the gym teacher places scooters, jump ropes, little sticky mats, big gym mats, and other materials that I can't remember all over each side of the gym. The class is split in half and the kids have to find a way to get their entire team from one side of the gym to the other without touching the gym floor. If anyone from their team touches the floor, the whole team has to start over.

    My students also just finished a volleyball unit where they were taught the basics and use a beach ball. They ended the unit with a tournament. The winning class played the teachers.

    Now they are doing a jump rope unit. They watched a video: and then made up their own routines to present to the rest of the class.

    If you don't have a lot of equipment, you could play capture the flag or kickball.
    Good luck!

    easy peasy education

  5. Ugh! You have to teach gym?! How about some of the Just Dance Kids videos off of You Tube? I have seen them floating around Pinterest as Brain Breaks. Those would be great to get up and move with. Love the Cookie Monster pin! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a new follower!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  6. I can't imagine having to teach PE to my kiddos! However, when we are inside on rainy days and can't go out I usually try various things on You Tube like "Adventure Fitness" and "Cosmic Kids Yoga." They both have stories and movement together. Thanks for stopping by my blog....I'm your newest follower. =)
    The Daily Cupcake…A Kindergarten Blog

  7. Thanks for the great tips ladies!!! My kiddos are going to have a blast with all of these new games :)